It's interesting to hear Elliott Smith with a full band in this period, but his best 2003 performances remain delicate, generally strong acoustic performances: for example, the Henry Fonda show in January '03. Here, Elliott is sometime flat, though the band provides good backup. Even so, it's good to have electric versions of "Hooray for Tuesday" and "Coast to Coast."
February 17, 2009 Subject:
He was getting stronger
His voice is a little off but this is a must-listen for Elliott fans because full-band recordings of Basement-era songs are pretty rare.
He did sound slightly "delicate" at this stage but I would disagree with the last reviewer who called it a "late, sad" state. He had been clean since the end of 2002 and was recovering, but working hard on his new record and doing a lot more shows than he had been. His voice was getting stronger as evidenced by many of the vocals on the songs that were recorded within the last few weeks of his life (i.e. King's Crossing, Suicide Machine, Mr. Goodmorning)
November 27, 2007 Subject:
Here's a picture
For the person who wanted to know who is playing with him: